We haven’t written since the South and now we are in the North. To catch up on the South, we went straight from Charleston, SC to Hampton, VA, where it all began. We stayed at the same marina where we left from on 11-11-11 to race to the Bahamas. From there we went to Deltaville, VA to have the boat hauled and painted.
It is a very small town with a permanent population of less than 1000. For a while they had two West Marine Stores. Now it is just one of their larger stores. Everybody was in the boating industry. It was very hot while we were there. We stopped in Deltaville because we heard it was a great place to get work done at a reasonable price. Of course, reasonable is relative.
The work by the staff of the Deltaville Boat Yard started out with a quick bottom job. It expanded into a hull clean and wax. Then the other battery in bank two started to fail, so we installed new batteries. Finally, the rig inspection revealed some problems with the StayLock fittings. We replaced the StayLocks and the backstay.
I also took advantage of being on the hard and in the marina to do other work myself. This work included included: new water heater hoses, rebuilding a bilge pump, installing a new switch for the bilge pump, installing four new halyards, and a bunch of other little stuff.
Finally, after a month in Deltaville, we headed for Cambridge, MD where we would join 20 Gillman types for a family reunion on Church Creek near Cambridge. We had a week to get there so we spent three days anchored in Reedville, VA, famous for its fish oil factory. When the wind was out of the wrong direction, boy did it stink! But the anchorage was very pretty. We also stopped in Hollywood, MD to visit our old friend, Angie, who crewed with us to the Bahamas. She has a little cottage there where we stopped and had crabs and cherry cheesecake a la Angie. Then we wended our way through the Chesapeake Bay and came into Cambridge the Tuesday before the reunion, which was the following Saturday to Saturday.